West Indies captain Chris Gayle said that he was delighted with his eighth Test century and that he would look to go on and make a big score on the final day of the second Test against New Zealand in Napier.
West Indies closed the day on 278 for seven in their second innings, Gayle's 146 not out helping them to a 214-run lead heading into the last day.
“I will be looking to come back tomorrow and push on to see how many more I can get. We still have three wickets in hand so I will be looking for as many as possible,” Gayle said. “We would probably look first, for another 50 runs and build from that. The pitch is still good for batting so we won’t be taking anything for granted.”
It was his first century since he smashed 317 against South Africa in 2005 but this was a very different innings, the Jamaican having to tone down his normally aggressive style.
“I had to make the adjustment from my natural attacking game. The team required it. One thing I am delighted about is that I played the patient role, making them [New Zealand] come to me as much as possible,” he said.
“This is the final Test match and both teams will be looking for victory and it will be a long, hard day. We have the runs on the board and when it comes our time to bowl in the second innings we will be looking to knock over a few [batsmen] early and attack from there.”
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